British Home Secretary Suella Braverman attends the government’s weekly cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street on May 23, 2023 in London, England.
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LONDON — British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak sacked controversial Interior Minister Suella Braverman on Monday as he begins a reshuffle of his top cabinet.
Sunak’s office confirmed that Foreign Secretary James Cleverley would replace Braverman. In a shocking move, former Prime Minister David Cameron has been announced as the new Foreign Secretary.
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“The objective is clear. My job is to ensure the safety of the people of this country,” he added.
Cameron said in a statement that the country faced “a set of daunting international challenges” amid ongoing wars in Ukraine and the Middle East.
“At this time of profound global change, it has rarely been more important for this country to stand with our allies, strengthen our partnerships and ensure our voices are heard,” Cameron said.
“Although I have been out of front-line politics for seven years, I hope that my experience – as Conservative leader for eleven years and Prime Minister for six years – will help me to help the Prime Minister meet these vital challenges.
Braverman attracted widespread criticism last week after publishing an op-ed in The Times newspaper that ignored Downing Street directives and accused London police of political bias in policing protests.
The Interior Minister has long been a controversial figure. She resigned from the same role under Sunak’s predecessor, Liz Truss, due to a serious breach of the ministerial code, after sending an official document from a personal email.
Braverman has repeatedly called pro-Palestinian marches in London “hate marches.” In the letter to the Times, she said the protests were “disturbingly reminiscent” of past scenes in Northern Ireland – comments widely condemned as both inflammatory and inaccurate.
A number of far-right groups clashed with police in London following his comments, criticized as undermining trust in the police on the eve of a major Armistice Day protest on Saturday.
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The UK has formally endorsed Israel’s right to self-defense following the horrific terrorist attacks carried out by Palestinian militant group Hamas on October 7. Sunak has since backed calls for a humanitarian pause in Israeli retaliatory bombing of the Gaza Strip, which has cost thousands of lives. of the lives of Palestinians.
Late last month, Conservative MP Paul Bristow was sacked from his post as a ministerial aide at the Department of Science, Innovation and Technology after urging Sunak, in a two-page open letter, to demand a permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.